The art of making a cup of tea ~ a #SoCS post

This is #SoCS 30/7/16 the second.

I started one post on my phone but the WordPress app has a tendency to delete drafts when you go to other windows so I lost a valuable post :-(. I could have thought of saving it regularly though but never mind ;-).

Please feel free to head over to Linda’s prompt post where you can find other brilliant contributions about “art“.

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I was born in Germany a country known for its love for coffee. However, my family must have been some sort of outsiders because we have always been tea lovers.

Any sort of ailment was healed by a good cup of herbal tea, our cuppa on a Sunday morning was brewed by an electric samovar and tea bags were considered the work of the devil.

Our tea came in a wooden box from tea merchant in Bremen and I loved to go through the catalogue as a teenager to buy some interesting scented loose tea.

Can you imagine my astonishment when I came to Britain and discovered that this tea-loving nation is dedicated to the convenient tea bag???? I thought I ended up in a fantasy novel gone wrong.

However, as with all things you are not used to in a new country (like CCTV) I got into the habit of using tea bags too. After all, I would not want to do a Japanese tea ceremony for my morning cuppa!

However, I miss the much stronger, and intense taste of loose tea and fondly remember my time in Northern Germany where a cup of tea is a must if you visit someone. Of course, you get some delicious treats too, but the East Frisian tea ceremony is something to behold of in itself.

As a student, I cleaned for an elderly lady who insisted I made her tea like the video showed. Sorry that there are no subtitles but here is in essence what it showed:

  • pre-heat teapot with hot water
  • put loose tea in teapot and fill up to a third with boiling water
  • let it steep for about 5 min
  • fill teapot with more boiling water
  • put a kluntjeย (huge piece of sugar) in cup
  • pour tea over it and hear it crackling
  • add a tea spoon full of double cream and see the cream cloud the tea in mug
  • enjoy with some East Frisian treats

I think I might have subsituted this ceremony with my creamy spicy coffee on my days off. The coffee is made with ground coffee. I add cinnamon, glove, cardamom and sometimes chilli. Whipped cream with some sugar goes on top and if I am very creative there is also some hot chocolate in it.

I suspect hot beverages of all sorts are a huge part of our social life and making it an art form instead of a corporation might solve an awful lot of problems in the world ;-).

 

Author: beehalton2

I am ginger, happily married to the best husband in the world, daydreamer, tea (and can you believe it) & coffee lover. Baking enthusiast, book reviewer, immigrant and poet, author, bloggerโ€ฆ.

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20 Thoughts to “The art of making a cup of tea ~ a #SoCS post”

  1. […] the beach. There are many lovely restaurants and cafe where you can for example experience a genuine northern German tea ritual. The northern Germans brew their tea very strong. You get it served in a previously warmed cup and […]

  2. I didn’t know there were so many different ways of making tea! Thanks for this lesson, Bee! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. You are welcome but I guess there are several more of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Interesting about the samovars. I never knew how they worked.

    1. They are great and the tea is delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m a coffee person most of the time, but reading this really makes me want a cup of tea with a book and sufficient time to enjoy it properly!

    1. I hope you get tour wish ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow you are certainly a tea connoisseur! I love the old traditions of making a ‘proper’ cup of tea, but have to admit to being an English person who is addicted to the tea bag!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I think it is quite difficult here to get nice loose tea. In Germany there are tea shops where you can buy loose tea pretty much everywhere. Here I haven’t seen one anywhere but maybe I am just blind. And to be honest: English teabags are so much better than German ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow, you are definitely an artist when it comes to brewing up a cuppa ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to try the coffee you described. If you’re ever in Indianapolis, please come make me some ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Sorry WP ate your post. I hate when that happens!

  7. I must have my coffee in the a.m.! But I also love herbal and black tea. Now I am completely intrigued by your special coffee drink… Sounds like a combo of coffee and chai, which I also love. ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜•๏ธ

    1. It is. I just added all of it and tried if its nice and gosh it is :-). Thanks for stopping by

  8. Meant Mr Google would know !

  9. Hands up! I am the English woman who prefers black coffee! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ and do you have a coffee ritual?

      1. No, I am a real coffee tart I will drink proper machine, cafitier even love plain old instant Alta Rica anything but now decaffeinated!

        1. That’s a shame! I thought I could learn something ๐Ÿ˜‰

          1. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰ from me no. But I am sure Mr will know, my youngest son and my eldest nephew are both coffee snobs and use weird noisy machines . Good coffee though!

          2. Not sure if I meant that LOL. Not so much a fan of machines. But well, I’ll stay with the spicy creamy chocolaty coffee then. And, of course, a cup of tea ๐Ÿ™‚

          3. Yes no need to break the habit of a lifetime! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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